Southern California’s been cooking, literally. I think a bunch of cities broke their temperature records this week, and wildfire season started a few months earlier than we expected. This is the price we pay for otherwise awesome Mediterranean-like climate–every once in a while, the land reminds us that we live in a desert and it acts accordingly.
What does this mean for Uniformly Dressed? It means that this week’s post is a bit behind. I attended my roommate’s wedding on Saturday (GPOY) and it’s just been too crazy hot post-work to do any real shooting for the blog. Instead, I’ve shot a bunch of work selfies to show you what I’ve dubbed “No Pants Week.”
Monday: INC maxi skirt (similar), old F21 tunic top tucked in.
Tuesday: IDLF x Uniqlo rayon wrap dress
Wednesday: old JCrew seersucker sundress with pockets (similar)
Thursday: Uniqlo Heattech long sleeved v-neck tee, old Gap striped mini in heavy cotton
Friday: old F21 racerback geometric print top, H&M pencil skirt with pockets
When the outside temperature forecast is 95°F (35°C, and climbing!) I decided it would be a good time to take inventory of the closet to see if I could be appropriately dressed for warm weather at the office. The verdict is…not really. I have my IDLF wrap dress, a black maxi skirt, a striped mini, and one or two work-appropriate dresses. It’s enough for the week, but in the case of the wrap dress it’s kind of a one-note look. The maxi skirt and striped mini can be paired with other tops, but they both are heavy cotton/jersey material that won’t always fly professionally. I’m lucky that our office is casual enough to let the sleeveless dress fly (and I did bring a cardigan to cover up,) but I still wanted one more piece to have more options. Enter the pencil skirt in the last shot.
I’m trying out the pencil skirt to see if I’ll incorporate it into my work life. I sit at a desk all day long and I don’t lift or have to bend or squat to do my job, but I generally choose pants because I like having free movement. However, there is something very feminine and elegant about the shape that I’d like to try. We’ll see if the skirt stays. I took a size 8 to be comfortable, and it hits me above the belly button. This is also what I was trying on in the dressing room with that questionable crop top. I always want my clothes to pull double duty–so we’ll see about that latter look for after-hours.
How do you dress for work when temperatures rise? Does your office have certain policies or a culture that you incorporate into your decisions when you choose what to wear to work?